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Julianne Moore's 'Law'

Julianne Moore is best known for her dramatic roles in "Boogie Nights," "The End of the Affair," "Far From Heaven" and "The Hours."

But the four-time Oscar nominee is no stranger to screen comedy. In her new film, "Laws of Attraction," she plays a powerful divorce attorney who has met her professional and personal match in an opposing lawyer, played by Pierce Brosnan.

Moore dropped by The Early Show to discuss her latest role.

In "Laws of Attraction," Audrey Woods (Julianne Moore) is a high-powered New York divorce attorney who faces renowned lawyer Daniel Rafferty (Pierce Brosnan) in a highly publicized case. The two can't stand the sight of each other, and they pull no punches.

Audrey and Daniel travel to Ireland to chase down separate depositions, yet the two lawyers, who have slowly been developing a mutual attraction that neither wants to acknowledge, find themselves thrown together at a romantic Irish country festival. After a night of wild celebrating, they wake up the next morning as man and wife. Now they have to return to New York to carry on with their surprising new situation and the ongoing court case.

Some Facts About Julianne Moore

  • Moore's birth name is Julie Anne Smith, and she was born in Boston, Mass., on Dec. 3, 1960
  • Moore attended Boston University, where she began her career on stage
  • In 1985, Moore caught her first break when she was cast as Frannie Hughes on the popular CBS daytime drama "As the World Turns"; the same show spawned the careers of Marissa Tomei and Meg Ryan.
  • In 1988, Moore received a Daytime Emmy Award for her role in "As the World Turns."
  • In 1990, Moore landed her first film role as a mummy's victim in "Tales From the Darkside: The Movie."
  • in 1992, Moore played the career-driven real estate agent friend of a new mom in the surprise box-office hit thriller, "The Hand the Rocks the Cradle."
  • In 1993, Moore had roles in "The Fugitive and "Short Cuts."
  • In 1995, the actress portrayed a housewife who develops allergies to everyday chemicals and fragrances in Todd Haynes' "Safe"; she played Hugh Grant's pregnant girlfriend in "Nine Months"; and she played electronics expert targeted for death in "Assassins."
  • In 1996, Moore co-starred in "Surviving Picasso."
  • In 1997, Moore played the moody daughter of a highly dysfunctional family in the indie "The Myth of Fingerprints"; the actress played a paleontologist pursuing dinosaurs in Steven Spielberg's "The Lost World: Jurassic Park"; and picked up a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination as a drug addicted porn star who plays mother to a ragtag film crew in Paul Thomas Anderson's "Boogie Nights."
  • In 1998, Moore co-starred in "The Big Lebowski,"' and she had a role in the color remake of Hitchcock's 1960 classic "Psycho."
  • In 1999, Moore was in five features: "Cookie's Fortune," "An Ideal Husband," "The End of the Affair," "A Map of the World" and "Magnolia."
  • In 2001, Moore took over the role of FBI agent Clarice Starling in the horror feature "Hannibal"; she also co-starred in "Evolution" and "The Shipping News."
  • In 2002, Moore star ed in "Far From Heaven," and co-starred with Nicole Kidman and Meryl Streep in the ensemble "The Hours." The actress received Academy Award nominations for both films.
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